By Claire Reilly

The Federal Government has today announced its 12-month plan for the NBN, with 28 new locations around Australia set to receive the network according to a statement from the office of Minister Stephen Conroy.

The NBN is set to be rolled out in a total of 49 locations, and within the next 12 months construction will have commenced on a fibre network that will reach 485,100 homes. This will add to the 81,700 premises that already have access to the NBN.

“The release of the 12-month schedule marks the end of the preliminary systems trial phase at the five first releases sites and the beginning of the volume NBN rollout to Australian premises,” said a spokesperson for Minister Conroy.

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“NBN Co’s 12-month construction program will be updated quarterly, which means in three months, a new rolling 12-month schedule with additional locations will be released. The first annual indicative three-year schedule will be released early next year.”

Full details of the planned NBN sites (both new and existing) are available at the website of the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

New NBN sites planned for the next 12 months:

– Blacktown
– Dapto
– Gosford
– Lidcombe
– Long Jetty
– Penrith
– Richmond
– Sawtell
– Strathfield (Homebush)
– Wollongong
– Darwin
– Nudgee
– Aldinga Beach
– Port Augusta
– Port  Elliot
– Stirling
– Strathalbyn
– Yankalilla
– Launceston
– Somerset
– Ballarat  Central
– Melbourne  City
– Melton
– Tullamarine
– Applecross
– Meadow Springs
– Pinjarra
– South  Perth